Books by Juddi Morris

Released: Sept. 24, 1999

At Home With The Presidents (176 pp.; $12.95; Sept. 24; 0-471-25300-6) Morris offers succinct biographical information and anecdotes about all 41 presidents with brief information about homes they grew up it, historic sites dedicated to them, or libraries in which their artifacts are housed. Included are small pictures of the presidents and some of the buildings discussed. Readers will find the book of limited use for research, since the sources for quotations are not given, there is no index, and material considered controversial is not attributed. Appearing out of context are statements such as "George Washington adored his older brother" and "George's mother was jealous of the two brother's relationship." The information on historic sites is upbeat but bland, and could have come right out of tourist brochures. (b&w photographs, illustrations, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-12) Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 1994

According to Morris, the railroad trip west wasn't worth taking until a young Englishman, Fred Harvey, began providing food along the way. Harvey, who started out in New York as a ``pot walloper'' (dishwasher), longed for his own first-class restaurant. When he took a job as a railroad freight agent to finance his dream he saw a chance to replace the notoriously bad station cafe food with fine fare in quality restaurants. ``Harvey Houses'' on the Santa Fe line became legendary not only for their meals but also for sterling service by waitresses recruited and trained in the ``Harvey way.'' Farm girls, widows, immigrants, adventurers—they answered Harvey's newspaper ads for attractive and intelligent young women ``of good moral character,'' lived in dormitories, donned smart uniforms, and served cowpokes and miners from Kansas to California. Retired waitresses report a happy, convivial life and a demanding but fairly enlightened employer who offered opportunities (primarily to whites) for advancement and education through booms and busts. Before the decline of passenger trains after WW II, some 100,000 spunky young women had worked in 100 Harvey establishments, pioneering the way West for other working women. Interesting b&w photos (with brief captions) amplify the cheerful text; source notes; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+) Read full book review >